Foundroot was created with one major purpose in mind: to put ourselves out of business. We don’t want to grow your tomatoes for you. We don’t even want to grow tomato plants for you to put in your garden. At Foundroot, we believe that everyone is perfectly capable of growing their own tomatoes from seed. Yes, even in Alaska.
96% of commercial vegetable varieties have become extinct since 1903. In just over 100 years, we have single-handedly eliminated the diversity in our food supply. This has made growing food much more difficult–especially in areas of the world with cool soil, tumultuous weather patterns, and short growing seasons. Foundroot is currently sourcing the strongest, most reliable heirloom, rare, and expertly bred open-pollinated seeds that are tough enough to make it in challenging climates. All of our seeds have been researched and hand-selected for early maturity, cold-tolerance, short season adaptability, frost and extreme weather resistance, and overall ruggedness. We hope to collect the seed from these plants and help our customers to do the same. Our goal is to eventually be selling only locally grown seed and develop a community of seed savers that will help take back our food security. Seeds that thrive in our climate, grown for our needs.
In addition to seeds, Foundroot focuses on permaculture design and sustainable homesteading methods. We are working to develop closed systems with as little inputs as possible–trying to produce everything that we use in our garden or sourcing it locally. Good design that works harmoniously with our ecology, rather than against it, allows us to reap the benefits of hard work much sooner.
At Foundroot, we believe that if it’s not affordable, it’s not sustainable. We enjoy buying all of our seeds from companies far away just as little as you do. Our hope is that someday all of our customers will be growing their own food from their own seeds and using their own compost to fertilize their garden. Someday, gardening in Alaska and other chilly places won’t cost a dime. When that happens, our work will be done and we will become professional hammock-layers. Until then, let’s grow some food.